Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Langer is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); there are 11 Institute Professors at MIT, and being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. He has written over 1,200 articles, which have been cited over 90,000 times; his h-index of 148 is the highest of any engineer in history. He has 815 issued and pending patents worldwide. His patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 250 companies. Dr. Langer served as Chairman of the FDA’s Science Board (its highest advisory board) from 1999-2002. His over 220 awards include both the United States National Medal of Science and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize, the Wolf Prize for Chemistry, the Millennium Technology Prize, the Priestley Medal (highest award of the American Chemical Society), the Gairdner Prize and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” He holds 20 honorary doctorates, including honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale. Dr. Langer is one of the very few individuals ever elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.

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